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Simon Belcher

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Simon Belcher

Partner

Simon has worked for the financial services industry for more than 25 years, moving in to employee benefits advice more than 12 years’ ago.

Simon is committed to building long term relationships with his clients, working with many corporate clients and charity organisations. He is passionate about understanding his clients’ needs and objectives, working with them to ensure they are offering the best in employee benefits design, implementation and communication.

Simon holds the DipFA financial adviser qualification and is able to advise on all aspects of employee benefits including; pensions, group risk and financial education.

Mark Bingham

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Mark Bingham

Partner

Over 18 years in the industry Mark has worked with leading innovators on ways to encourage people to save more towards their retirement and has developed strategies to aid this; to the benefit of the members and increased return on investment for employers.

Mark takes a collaborative approach, and works closely with his clients on an assortment of pension and benefit issues, providing leadership and creative solutions to meet these needs. He has specialist knowledge in the winding up of pension schemes, the need for governance and the implications of regulatory and legal requirements.

Mark is passionate about the communication of employee benefits; keeping it simple and easy for members to understand and take action. He is currently writing a book on the subject.

He has spoken at various leading benefit and pension conferences and is often quoted in HR and benefit publications.

Ian Bird

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Ian Bird

Business Development Director

With over 25 years' experience in financial services and employee benefits, Ian understands the needs of the clients he works with.

Ian specialises in workplace savings schemes, including group pensions, corporate ISAs, share plans, group risk and financial education.

Ian passionately believes that financial education and advice in the workplace is essential to ensure employees can plan effectively for their financial futures. He believes good, plain English, and a multi-channel approach to communication should be a fundamental part of any employer's benefits strategy. And as such, Ian founded our online financial education tool, Mybenefitsatwork.

Ian works with a range of clients, from major UK employers, global brands and charities across a number of different industry sectors.

Martin Hellier

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Martin Hellier

Partner

Martin has been specialising in employee benefits for almost 25 years and has been a key influencer in the development of business strategy, delivering on his clients’ employee benefits objectives.

Martin has a wealth of experience advising employers, employees and Trustees on all aspects of Employee Benefits including: Reward and benefit strategies, flexible benefits, salary sacrifice, voluntary benefits, online benefits, total reward, employee engagement, employee communications, group risk, group personal pensions and auto-enrolment.

Martin holds the G60 certificate and the diploma in financial planning.

Darren Laverty

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Darren Laverty

Partner

Darren has almost 30 years' experience working in the financial services and employee benefits industries. He is passionate about financial education and communication, and making a difference to the financial lives of the people he meets.

Darren has worked with some of the UKs most impressive employers on all aspects of the benefits package.

Darren is also a highly accomplished public speaker and a leading financial education pension and benefits commentator, frequently quoted in the press. He has also published his first book; Make Their Money Count - looking at how employers can deliver financial education in the workplace.

Sue Lewis

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Sue Lewis

Principal Partner

With 20 years’ experience working in financial services and employee benefits, Sue has developed a deep level of knowledge and understanding when interpreting the needs of her clients.

Sue loves working alongside HR teams, helping them to achieve their goals. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it’s what helps set her apart from many others in the employee benefits sector.

Sue’s approach to client service, supported by her team, is exceptional and it is something that she is passionate about.
This is one reason why many of Sue’s clients come to her through a referral.

Whilst Sue has a number of clients in the IT, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, she also has many clients in other industries. Clients range in size from small start-ups and SMEs to national organisations.

Sue is able to advise on most aspects of employee benefits advice including pensions and group risk.

Matthew Mitten

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Matthew Mitten

Partner

Matthew has over 20 years' experience working in financial services.

Matthew is passionate about how we communicate in the workplace, using all the tools available to deliver multi-channel communications to engage with as wide an audience as possible.

His expertise in the employee benefits and pensions arena is extensive. Matthew is at the forefront of Secondsight’s financial wellbeing initiative, linking the broader concepts of money and mental health with financial matters and traditional pension and benefits programmes.

Matthew has been involved in new pension scheme launches, financial education programmes, wellbeing initiatives and flexible benefit design.

He regularly presents at leading HR events and sharing panels alongside pension ministers and other industry experts.

Neal Shepherd

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Neal Shepherd

Partner

Neal has been a Partner at Secondsight for over 9 years and has a wealth of employee benefits experience.

Neal has worked with a number of employers to increase their return on investment on their benefits spend. Neal is passionate about helping employees understand their benefits through simple, easy to understand communication.

Neal is able to offer advice on all aspects of the employee benefits package; in particular pensions, salary sacrifice and group risk products.

Nickie Fisher

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Nickie Fisher

Group Risk and Healthcare Adviser

Nickie has more than 25 years’ experience working in the Financial Services industry, specialising specifically in healthcare and has worked for a number of large insurers.

Nickie joined Secondsight eleven and a half years ago, as Group Risk & Healthcare Coordinator, and was promoted to Account Executive in 2013. In 2018, Nickie completed her CII IFI exam, and was once again promoted, taking her to the position she now holds, Group Risk and Healthcare Adviser.

Nickie is extremely client focussed and is passionate about getting to know her clients personally, helping her to provide her clients with the best possible client experience.

Nickie is a keen baker and could certainly rival those who have appeared on The Great British Bake Off!

Rebecca Lappin

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Rebecca Lappin

Group Risk Adviser

Rebecca started her career in financial services in 2005 as an administrative assistant, progressing in to a Paraplanning role. Rebecca moved in to the area of Employee Benefits, becoming an Employee Benefits Adviser in 2016, specialising in Group Risk, Healthcare, Dental and Travel.

Rebecca joined Secondsight in early 2018 and obtained her GR1 – Group Risk Certification in July, becoming one of our authorised Group Risk Advisers. She also holds the IF1 and IF7 qualifications.

Rebecca’s aim is to build lasting relationships with her clients and has her clients and their objectives in mind when offering any advice.

Rebecca is a firm believer in health and wellbeing, and is herself very health conscious, enjoying activities including the gym and yoga as well as experimenting with Vegan recipes and cookery.

Rebecca Eastwood

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Rebecca Eastwood

Healthcare Adviser

Rebecca has more than 35 years’ experience in financial services, working for a number of large insurance and financial advisory firms in and around London.

Rebecca joined Secondsight in 2005, as a Practice Manager, before exclusively moving in to Group Risk and Healthcare in 2009, specialising in PMI.

Rebecca is extremely client focused and advises her clients on all aspects of Group Healthcare, Travel, Dental and Cashplan schemes.

Rebecca also supports our Parent Company, Foster Denovo’s Partners with individual private medical insurance plans.

Rebecca holds the Chartered Institute of Insurers and the Personal Finance Society Certificate and is currently working towards her Level 4 Diploma and Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Insurance.

Additionally, Rebecca is the current President of the Insurance Institute of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

David Howley

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David Howley

Employee Benefits Adviser

David has spent his entire career, which spans more than 40 years, in financial services, initially working for a number of well-known banks. David joined Secondsight as one of our Employee Benefits Advisers 14 years ago.

David works with clients to help them understand their workplace pension and develop retirement objectives, so that when they leave a meeting, they have a plan for their financial future.

David was a Governor at his local academy for almost 25 years and has a keen interest in sport; with his greatest love being a round of golf.

Darren Cole

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Darren Cole

Employee Benefits Adviser

Darren has 15 years’ experience of advising, guiding and educating clients within the financial services industry. Many of those years were spent working for multiple well-known high street banks/building societies as a Financial Advisor.

His main passion is helping people to understand complex financial subjects, building confidence and empowering them to make decisions. Over the past 5 years, he has focused on enhancing his public speaking/education skills to further help clients on their financial journeys.

He has an astonishing reputation for leaving a positive lasting impression on those who attend his presentations and webinars. With many attendees going on to take the necessary actions to improve their own financial wellbeing.

Darren has a keen interest in fintech and how it can be used to improve communication in a new and exciting way. Outside of work he is also a keen gamer, handyman and sports fan.

David Reekie

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David Reekie

Employee Benefits Adviser

David has over 20 years' experience in the finance industry, and thrives on working with individuals to help them achieve their financial goals

David is passionate about working with a variety of clients, helping them to understand their finances, and working with them to make the most of their employee benefits.

He is a fantastic public speaker, and can engage with an audience on a variety of topics. He can link personal experiences to most situations, enabling him to leave a lasting impression on the audience.

Outside of work, David is a keen cyclist and enjoys spending time with his family.

Nicholas Perry

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Nicholas Perry

Employee Benefits Adviser

Nick has over 10 years' experience in the finance industry, and thrives on working with individuals to help them achieve their financial goals. Nick is passionate about working with a variety of clients, helping them to understand all areas of finances, from buying their first home to retirement. Nick is a well rounded presenter, and is one of our most experienced adviser when offering one to one advice.

Outside of work, Nick can most likely be found on the golf course!

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